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Is Making Dua in My Heart Enough?

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Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

Question: Assalam aleykum,

I understand that beseeching help from Allah and His Prophet (upon him be blessings and peace) is the best thing I can do, but every time I try to put what I want into words, I can’t articulate it. Is keeping duas in our hearts enough?

Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you for reaching out to us.


“There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.” [Qur’an, 2:256]

Allah knows the deepest contents of your heart. You do not need to find the right words to express yourself to Him. In short, yes, keeping duas in your heart is enough. What matters most is the manner in which you bring yourself to your Lord.

Come to Him in wudu, with a heart that is humbled, and with awareness of how much you are in need of Him. There are many resources on SeekersGuidance about the etiquette of dua, and I invite you to explore and put these gems into practice.


No matter how much we ask Allah, and no matter how well, know that we may not always get what we want, in the matter and timing that we long for. Allah is All-Seeing and All-Knowing, and we are but finite beings. I pray that Allah grants you acceptance, contentment and gratitude for His Decree.

Please see:

The Reality and Etiquettes of Supplication: A Reader
Why Does It Seem That Allah Never Answers My Prayers?
Why Doesn’t Allah Answer My Supplications?
Four Reasons Your Dua Isn’t Answered Yet – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Adab Of Du’a 26


[Ustadha] Raidah Shah Idil

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil has spent almost two years in Amman, Jordan, where she learned Shafi’i’ fiqh, Arabic, Seerah, Aqeedah, Tasawwuf, Tafsir and Tajweed. She continues to study with her Teachers in Malaysia and online through SeekersGuidance Global. She graduated with a Psychology and English degree from University of New South Wales, was a volunteer hospital chaplain for 5 years and has completed a Diploma of Counselling from the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors. She lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with her husband, daughter, and mother-in-law.

This answer was collected from Seekersguidance.org. It’s an online learning platform overseen by Sheikh Faraz Rabbani. All courses are free. They also have in-person classes in Canada.

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